Please bring back Oliver Wyman! This narrator makes me feel like im sitting in an old study being read a dusty old book of english literature, not a contemporary science fiction military drama. Wyman had the characters down cold. this reading makes me drift off. While the story is still there the performance makes it feel utterly flat and uninteresting. Im sure this narrator is well suited to other stories, he has a great voice. But this is material for Wyman or someone similar.
I love that Oliver Wyman is back! He is perfect for Merlin. I am however becoming a non Weber fan. I was devotee since Basilik Station, but frankly the obvious padding, overly drawn out irrelevant details, completely borrowed material from other books is running my patience out. This book is OK, but I am not attached to the characters anymore. I don't feel any of the bond that made Merlin and the rest of characters real. The battles are a backdrop for the Characters, not the other way around. Why I loved the original book was because of the intrigue, character depth, epic events DRIVEN by the characters. They are lost in the noise.
John Ringo is in that class of writers who are clearly devoted to the craft. While many writers are milking the reader base with shameless padding, Ringo stays true to his readers and delivers compelling sci-fi with real hard hitting action backed up by solid character development. Are the characters a little over the top? Absolutely, they're heroes and supposed to be. This series is an example of that writing, extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, with impossible odds and limited options, who find a way to rise above.
The narrator and character were made for each other! Steven Campbells Hank is that everyday guy, who happens to be a mutant with a very droll human reaction to epic events. Liam Owens voice falls right into step with the no nonsense brute who is actually quite a lovable guy, when he isnt being blown up, beaten or otherwise thrown into the absurd. If you are a sci-fi fan who likes good grounded science combined with action and a lot of tongue in cheek humor, this book is an absolute must. More Hank!
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